San Diego County Board of Supervisors
CHAIRWOMAN GASPAR SPEARHEADS FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND CONFERENCE FOCUSING ON PEOPLE IN PSYCHIATRIC CRISIS AND NEW MODELS FOR CARE AND COLLABORATION
Board Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar called for a first-of-its-kind Board Conference which was held today at the County Administration Center. Today’s conference presented an opportunity to focus regional efforts on collaboration and supporting a robust system of care for those in crisis.
The community response has been primarily focused on the loss of inpatient psychiatric hospital beds and the lack of step down beds across the County, however, today’s Board Conference was fundamentally about the continuum of care for people who are in crisis.
“As a society, we must take a meaningful look into how we support and restore those among us who have been deeply affected by trauma in their lives, especially our children,” Chairwoman Gaspar said. “It is critical that we begin to shift our focus towards prevention and integrating mental health and physical health at a very young age.”
Speakers included San Diego County District Attorney, Summer Stephan, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore, and Director of San Diego County’s Health and Human Services, Nick Macchione. Other presenters included key community partners who provide mental health services to San Diegans.
In December, Chairwoman Gaspar will come back to the Board with direction for staff to explore innovative models and new approaches to strengthen the continuum of care across our region.